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O say, can you C the hip factor?

March 19, 2008 | 10:35 am

Yep_its_the_ojpg_2 So Orange County is The OC. Officially, thanks to a vote by county supes last night. Eleven departments and agencies got their names slimmed down and jazzed up with the pop culture designation.

Do we even need to explain that the inspiration for the move comes from that one-time hit (and now-canceled) teen sudser, "The O.C."? Yeah, didn't think so.

Christian Berthelsen reports:

Example: the Integrated Waste Management Department -- it processes trash -- will become OC Waste and Recycling!

In its thirst for hipster cred, the county has apparently chosen to eschew punctuation: There will be no periods after the O or the C. (For the record, the title of the TV show, which went off the air a year ago, had them.)

And do we need to say that even this proved controversial enough that officials spent some time arguing about what, exactly, to re-name the libraries? Yeah, didn't think so. Full story here

So what's next for the OC -- an official Christmukkah holiday?

-- Veronique de Turenne